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A particular hairstyle common to anime and manga heroines that involves styling one's hair into two buns worn at about 45-degree angles on the side of the head. This can make them look similar to Mickey Mouse ears depending on how simplified they're drawn. The buns themselves are often given cloth covers tied with ribbons. It is particularly common with Anime Chinese Girls as it is a traditional Chinese hairstyle, although in China, the style is called "ox horn" and it was gender neutral for children.

There is also a less common variation of this style where the buns themselves have a triangular (or conical) shape, which can make someone look like a Cat Girl at first sight.

The style has spread into the real world among fans of the aforementioned heroines. Naoko Takeuchi used to wear her hair like Sailor Moon's before important exams during college, so she incorporated it into her heroine.

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If the character isn't Chinese, expect them to be the really innocent, polite type, while the style with Twin Tails are mostly worn by Tsundere.

Does NOT count if the buns are over the character's ears. That's the Princess Leia. This style, with or without cloth covers, is different because it is used to signal maturity rather than cuteness. This is because the hairstyle covers the ears, and thus was seen as modest and chaste.

The style is named after the odango, a sweet dumpling eaten on a skewer as a Japanese snack, traditionally served at hanami (cherry blossom and flower viewing festivals.) Compare Horned Hairdo and Prim and Proper Bun. This style can be wildly over-exaggerated as Mega Twintails.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Cardcaptor Sakura:
    • Syaoran's cousin Meiling wears her hair in a similar way to Usagi/Sailor Moon, with her hair in buns combined with long pigtails, which fits her overall image as an Anime Chinese Girl (although she's technically from Hong Kong).
    • In The Movie where Sakura and the gang go to Hong Kong, Tomoyo briefly wears a variation, where her hair is in buns with small cloth covers, and the rest falls in braided pigtails.
  • Miaka Yuuki from Fushigi Yuugi has this as her default hairstyle; though she isn't Chinese herself, it's still fitting since she's Trapped in Another World that greatly resembles ancient China. In the manga, she often wears different hairstyles, but in the anime she has odango hair almost exclusively when her hair isn't let down.
  • In Jinzō Konchū Kabuto Borg VxV, Linlin Ryūshō wears two covered high buns on the sides of her head. She is the daughter of the manager of Shōryūken, a Chinese restaurant.
  • Tenten from Naruto always wears her hair in two buns. Along with her Chinese-style clothing, it completes her image as an Anime Chinese Girl (though given the series' setting, it's likely that she's not actually from China).
  • Ojamajo Doremi:
    • Doremi herself wears her hair in two huge buns, fitting with her naive (bordering on ditzy) demeanor. The enormous size of Doremi's hair buns becomes toned down a little starting with Motto. They are still rather large, but it's kind of justified since her hair actually reaches down to her waist and has a lot of volume.
    • Her fairy Dodo has odango to match, which made for problems when she was learning how to make herself invisible.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon wears small high buns on the sides of her head that are combined with very long Girlish Pigtails, which earned the nickname "odango atama" ("dumpling-head"; the DiC dub of the first anime uses "meatball-head", while Viz Media redub and the manga use "bun-head"). Her hairstyle has become extremely iconic and it's made her one of the most recognizable characters in anime. It's also shown that Queen Serenity, her mother in her past life as Princess Serenity, had the same hairstyle.
    • Chibi-Usa also wears her hair in two buns, though hers are shaped like rabbit's ears to reference her and Usagi's rabbit motif.

    Comic Books 
  • Crescent of the new Agents of Atlas is a ten-year-old Korean girl, Dan Bi. She has her hair in twin buns (visible when she wears the mask from which she gets her power), plus two short ponytails in back.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Shuri wears her hair in these in Avengers: Infinity War. According to Word of God, this was meant as an intentional nod to Princess Leia in Star Wars.
  • Batman & Robin: Poison Ivy styles her hair like this for the majority of the movie (it is not a great look).
  • Star Wars:
    • Padmé wears her hair in small buns on the sides of her head during her first scene in Revenge of the Sith, which is actually the scene when she reveals that she is pregnant with Leia and Luke. This is an intentional reference to Princess Leia's famous hairstyle.
    • In The Force Awakens, Kaydel Ko Connix wears two high buns on the sides of her head.

    Live-Action TV 

    Western Animation 
  • Miraculous Ladybug: As Multimouse, Marinette's usual pigtails are pulled up into twin buns to evoke mouse ears.

Alternative Title(s): Ox Horn Hair, Odango, Meatball Head

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